A Satirical View of "The Hanging Judge" [Page, Sir Francis (1661-1741)]. The Charge of J---- P---- to the Grand Jury of M--x, on Saturday May 22, 1736. London: [S.n.], Printed in the Year 1738. 16 pp. Octavo (7-1/2" x 4-3/4"). Stab-stitched pamphlet bound into recent period-style three-quarter calf over marbled boards, raised bands and lettering piece to spine. Moderate toning and light foxing to interior, faint stain to foot of title page. $650. * Only edition, one of two issues, both from 1738. Written in a bantering style, this pamphlet deals with two topics: alcoholism and unrepaired highways. "J---- P----" is a reference to Sir Francis Page. Known as "the Hanging Judge," he was known for his insolence, coarse language and severity. He was satirized by Pope, Fielding, Hogarth, Johnson and Savage, over whose trial for murder he presided. (Savage was convicted but pardoned afterwards.) OCLC locates 2 copies in North American law libraries (Harvard, UT-Austin). English Short-Title Catalogue T58882.
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